In southern Japan there is an island called Okinawa. Ryukyu is the previous name of this island before the Japanese invaded in the 17th century.

During World War Ⅱ, Okinawa was sacrificed to protect the Japanese mainland. At that time, the majority Okinawans were Japanised in an education system, forcefully taught a loyalty to Japanese Emperor. In 1945 the U.S. brutally invaded Okinawa — the ”Storm of Iron" — and took the lives of 1 out of 4 Okinawan people.

From 1945 to 1972, the island was ruled by the US Military government. Okinawa became a lawless area. In 1972, the island was returned to Japanese hands.

In July, 2014, both the Japanese and US governments started the construction of a new U.S. military base to have a new base in Henoko, although 20% of the island is already occupied by US Bases. Henoko is the site of beautiful Oura bay. The government plans to landfill Oura bay, an area of unusual of marine bio-diversity where endangered species live.

In June, 2015 opinion poll shows that 80% of Okinawan people oppose the construction of the base. In protest, the people have built a permanent community of tents in front of Camp Schwab, a US Marine Corps base, and we are there every day around the clock. Opposition includes the prefectural government of Okinawa and many national and local representatives in Okinawa are our side.

On 13th、October, 2015
A governor of Okinawa revoked a permission of reclamation which was signed by Previous governor.

The dispute over the new U.S.base's construction in Henoko between Tokyo & Okinawa is set to develop into a court battle.

4th March, 2016
the government of Japan and the Okinawa prefectural government reached a settle ment for lawsuits filed over the plan move U.S.Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to Henoko.

At the moment, All constructions in Henoko has stopped.
Until the Japanese Government violently restart again.

11th July 2016
While the Henoko is stop, Japanese government suddenly re-started TAKAE helipads Construction.
More than 500 riot police has been sent from main land.
Beautiful Rain forest's village has become a chaotic situation.

February 2017
Henoko construction has restarted.
Land Fill has also started. the Government plans to complete in 5 years. However, the Protectors at Henoko keep fighting to protect the bay. As well as a Governor of Okinawa and Mayor of Nago city have power to not being complete the construction.
Next year, January and November, there are elections for both mayor and governor. It's going to be a key for Henoko.

The determined people won't give up.

This blog is to spread the message and to tell the story of our non-violent daily action.


2nd Feb News from Okinawa

The mayor of Nago-city urges in front of the Camp Schwab US Marines Base that He has an administrative power to stop the construction.

                   A Delegation from Taiwan shows their solidarity with Okinawa people.
     A some of them are indigenous people of Taiwan. They are from Ran-Yui island where is a          dumping site for radioactive waste from Nuclear Power Stations of Taiwan.

                   They are going to show the movie about Ran-Yui island this afternoon.

Onaga Administration’s 2016 objectives include not allowing construction of new bases

Onaga Administration’s 2016 objectives include not allowing construction of new bases
Governor Onaga presenting his administration’s 2016 objectives to the Prefectural Assembly on the morning of February 16.

February 16, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
At a regular meeting of the Prefectural Assembly on February 16, Governor Takeshi Onaga presented his administration’s 2016 objectives. He also spoke about the Henoko landfill permit authorized by the previous administration, saying that he withdrew the landfill permit because it was identified as having legal flaws that warranted its nullification. Going forth, he says he intends to continue to attest to the validity of Okinawa’s stance in court and elsewhere.
Onaga claims that 2016 will be an important year for accelerating Okinawa’s development, following the accomplishments of the last 5 fiscal years under the 10-year Okinawa 21st Century Vision Master Plan. His administration will conduct an interim assessment and make changes as needed to build on past success and promote Okinawa’s development.
With the goal of promoting Okinawa’s economic growth, Onaga declared the formulation of a propulsion plan aimed at implementing the Asia Economic Strategy Plan from 2015. Centered on an Asia Economic Strategy Division to be established this year, Onaga wants expansion and strengthening of leading industries related to tourism and telecommunications, linked to the fast-growing dynamism of Asia. He also supports molding Okinawa into an international logistics hub.
Onaga explained that the challenges of the coming fiscal year span over many fields, and outlined his objectives for the coming year. These include concrete policies for promoting tourism, combatting childhood poverty, making developments on the outlying islands of Okinawa, bettering education, and improving employment and the labor problem.
(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)

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